Research and Performance (DRA1012)

StaffDr Pamela Woods - Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level4
Duration of Module Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

This module aims to:

  • introduce you to the principles and practice of theatrical production and convention drawn from a particular area of research overseen by the module convenor.
  • The research includes studio and library-based enquiry, seminars, workshops to assist you in understanding and analysing the social, historic and political contexts surrounding the given area of research. This allows you to develop research through practice towards a production arising from; devising, original scripting or a published text.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate critical engagement with the principles of the chosen field of enquiry through independent and group research with specific tasks
  • 2. Demonstrate embodied engagement with the principles of the chosen field of enquiry through independent and group practice
  • 3. Develop a basic knowledge of, and skills in, theatrical stagecraft
  • 4. Demonstrate an ability to understand, analyse and embody a specific theoretical praxis and translate that knowledge into performance
  • 5. Work as an ensemble member, initiate and sustain creative, analytic and interpretative work within strict time limits

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 6. Develop the ability to relate to others in theatrical processes and performances; to work effectively with others in small task-orientated groups and to initiate and sustain straightforward creative, analytic and interpretative work and basic technical competence
  • 7. Develop basic library and IT skills
  • 8. Develop confidence in the ability to contribute research to small groups in effective presentations and to evaluate visual evidence
  • 9. Engage critically and analytically with physical discipline and develop a basic understanding of physicalisation in performance
  • 10. Explore theoretical concerns through practice and vice versa. Synthesise these findings in simple practical and written tasks

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 11. Develop basic personal research skills; to identify and evaluate at a basic level personal learning strategies
  • 12. Develop group cooperation skills. Including the ability to give and receive constructive critical feedback and to develop confidence in communication skills and simple analytic abilities in discussions
  • 13. Develop confidence in basic performance skills and public presentation, both of dramatic practice and researched material
  • 14. Express and communicate straightforward creative ideas and images; develop the ability to initiate and sustain creative work, both group and solo
  • 15. Collaborate in various groups and group sizes, develop confidence in aspects of teamwork and presentation
  • 16. Develop the ability to balance between self-direction and collaborative work

Syllabus plan

Whilst the content may vary from year to year, it is envisioned that it will include:

  • Studio sessions and research tasks coupled with seminars on appropriate material
  • Rehearsals for public presentation
  • Following the public performance you will undertake small group reflective and analytical presentations on your peer’s performances.
  • The module culminates with individual written analyses of your own process and research, as well as an academic essay exploring research related to the area studied

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Guided independent study201Independent study
Scheduled learning and teaching activities99Practical skills-based sessions exploring a specific area of theatre practice in depth; seminars, tutorials, film and video screenings; small group work; academic presentation; peer-led teaching and practical experimentation; preparing material for performance, including devising, directing and aspects of technical theatre craft as appropriate

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Continuous seminar assessment30Continuous 1-16Referral/Deferral period
Essay portfolio351000 word reflection and 2000 word essay7,10,11,14Referral/Deferral period
Performance3540 minutes2-5, 9, 13, 15, 16Referral/Deferral period

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Continuous assessmentContinuous assessment allReferral/Deferral period
Essay portfolioEssay portfolio7,10,11,14Referral/Deferral period
PerformancePiece of written work2-5, 9, 13, 15-16Referral/Deferral period

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to submit a further assessment as necessary. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 40%.

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